10 companies call for common business & human rights framework

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6 June 2006

[DOC] Businesses call for a common framework on Business and Human Rights

Author: Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

The Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights calls for a common framework on business and human rights...This clarity would be key not only for business but also for shareholders, investors and other stakeholders...[the framework] would need to be universal in its application yet specific enough to help guide an individual corporation. It should be applicable within business sectors with different backgrounds of encountering human rights challenges and within countries at different stages of economic and social development...The member companies of BLIHR during its first three years (2003-2006) were ABB...Barclays...Gap...Hewlett-Packard...MTV Networks Europe, National Grid...Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Novo Nordisk...Statoil...Body Shop International [part of l’Oréal]...BLIHR is embarking on a second three year phase from 2006-2009 and during this period the companies are pleased to extend the membership to new companies indicating a desire to work constructively with them to reach their objectives over this period.

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1 June 2006

[PDF] full report: "Report 3: Towards a 'Common Framework' on Business and Human Rights: Identifying Components"

Author: Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

We [ABB, Barclays, Body Shop (part of l’Oréal), Gap, Hewlett-Packard (HP), MTV Networks Europe (part of Viacom), National Grid, Novartis, Novo Nordisk (part of Novo Group), Statoil] have worked together to develop our understanding of human rights within a business context...Our efforts thus far have convinced us that there remains the need for much greater clarity on the nature and scope of the human rights responsibilities of all businesses, regardless of where in the world they are operating and regardless of their sector... The purpose of this report is to draw on our experiences and to make some conclusions on what the content of a ‘common framework’ on business and human rights might look like, taking into account the content of the draft Norms and other relevant work... This framework would ideally be made up of three components:
1. Concepts to clarify the role of business in the area of human rights
2. The range of relevant standards drawn from international human rights law
3. Processes for applying the concepts and standards in a business context
[Also refers to Severn Trent, RWE npower, Thames Water (part of RWE), E.on UK, EDF Energy.]

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